Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was appointed chairman of the software company, ending a 20-year separation of positions because the board still has questions about the way the co-founder’s investigation is handled. Bill Gates.
This appointment makes Nadella the second person in the company’s 46-year history to hold both the CEO and chairman positions. Gates He held these two roles until he stepped down as CEO in 2000, but he served as chairman until 2014 and still serves as an advisor to Nadella.
Microsoft tried to portray the board transition as a natural extension of Nadella’s seven-year leadership. According to a company spokesperson, since the end of last year, he and former chairman John Thompson have been in informal discussions. The spokesperson said it was also approved at the June board meeting, which is usually the time for any board changes before the end of the fiscal year at the end of the month.
However, this also happened at a time when the board of directors received attention for handling Gates’ departure as a director early last year.After he left MicrosoftDirectors, including Nadella, began investigating the company’s recent “concerns”. .. Bill Gates tried to establish an intimate relationship with the company’s employees in 2000″.
The investigation was only made public a month ago, when Gates and his wife Melinda announced their intention to divorce The US media reported allegations of sexual acts against women by the software company and the couple’s charitable foundation.Through the spokesperson, Gates Denied He left the board due to the company’s investigation
then, He says He left to “use more time on charity priorities.” Microsoft declined to say on Wednesday whether its board investigation has ended or whether it will allow the matter to be shelved after Gates steps down.
The company said that Thompson, who has been chairman since 2014, has returned to his previous lead independent director position.
Gates has been working at Microsoft for more than two decades since he stepped down as CEO at the peak of antitrust actions against software groups in the United States.
After handing over the title of chairman in 2014, he continued to spend one-third of his time on the company’s consulting services. Nadella, The rest is shared by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and his private investment group. According to a company spokesperson, since leaving the company after the board investigation, he has continued to serve as a consultant to Nadella, while spending much less time at Microsoft.
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